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Dublin (Irish: Baile Átha Cliath, "Town of the Hurdled Ford") is the capital city of Ireland. Its vibrancy, nightlife and tourist attractions are noteworthy, and it is the most popular entry point for international visitors to Ireland. As a city, it is disproportionately large for the size of the country (2006 pop. Greater Dublin Region 1.6 million); well over a quarter of the Republic's population lives in the metropolitan area. The centre is, however, relatively small and can be navigated by foot, with most of the population living in suburbs.
Dublin Landmarks & Popular attractions :
The National Museum, National Library and National Gallery : are located very close to one another, Merrion Street Upper, Dublin 2. All three are worth a visit--they are even free.
National Museum of Ireland : Archaeology and History.
The National Gallery of Ireland : National collection of Irish and European Art.
Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre : Grand Canal Quay Dublin : The Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre is an exciting visitor attraction located in Dublin's city centre at Grand Canal Dock just off Pearse Street. The centre is housed in an award winning architectural structure affectionately known as the box in docks situated in the waters of Grand Canal Dock.The centre will bring you on an informative journey of the waterways from the pre Christian period to its modern use. Our exhibit contains child friendly interactives, environmental displays and much more .
Irish Museum of Modern Art Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin : Modern & contemporary art, formal gardens & cafe.
Old Library at Trinity College & Book of Kells College Green, Dublin : The gorgeously illustrated original manuscript of the '''Book of Kells''' is the main draw here, but the massive Long Hall of the Old library itself is equally if not even more impressive.
Dublin Castle : 2 Palace Street, Dublin : Former seat of British rule in Ireland.
Chester Beatty Library Dublin Castle, Dublin : Contains a wide selection of early books and manuscripts, including sacred texts and manuscripts. European Museum of the Year 2002.
The Bram Stoker Museum Clontarf Road, Dublin : A frightening tour through the life of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.
Christ Church Cathedral Christ Church Place, Dublin : dating back to the 11th century, is the oldest building in Dublin, though it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century. Particularly interesting is the crypt, which predates the cathedral.
Dublinia & the Viking World St. Michael's Hill, Christchurch, Dublin : a heritage centre, located in central Dublin, at the heart of the medieval city. The exhibitions at Dublinia explore life as it was in the medieval city and the world of the Vikings. Discounted admission to the Christ Church Cathedral available.
Kilmainham Gaol Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin : The prison where the rebels from the 1916 Easter Rising were executed. It is well worth a visit if you are in any way interested in history.
Phoenix Park Phoenix Park, Dublin : The largest enclosed urban park in Europe. Includes a polo field and Dublin Zoo. The residences of the President of Ireland and the US Ambassador are situated in the park, but are not open to the public. If you're lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the herd of wild fallow deer that inhabit the park .
Glasnevin Cemetery Finglas Road, Dublin : Situated just two miles from the city centre, Glasnevin Cemetery is currently running a series of walking tours. These tours give a valuable insight into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland's past and present. The walking tour last one and a half hours and visits the graves of Daniel O'Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell, Michael Collins, Eamonn De Valera and many other graves of architectural and cultural interest.
Dublin Zoo Welington/Zoo Road, Dublin : Located in Phoenix Park and dating to 1830, the Dublin Zoo is the largest in Ireland, and notable for its role in wildlife conservation efforts.
National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, Dublin : http://www.botanicgardens.ie
Leopardstown Racecourse Leopardstown, Dublin : Located in the southern suburb of Leopardstown/Foxrock, there are regular meetings throughout the year. There is a "Pay as you Play" golf course within the racecourse grounds, as well as bars, restaurants and a nightclub (Club 92).
Dublin Writers Museum 18 Parnell Square, Dublin : Located in an 18th century house, the museum is dedicated to Irish literature and the lives of individual Irish writers such as Shaw, Joyce, Yeats & Pearse.
Suburbia : Dublin has many fine and quite affluent suburbs. Seeing them is a good way to get a real feel for the city's culture and identity. A walk around some them on a nice day is well worth your time as many are home to some of Ireland's finest architecture (Victorian, Georgian, Modern etc).Some are easily navigated by foot from the city's centre and are dotted with many fine upmarket delicatessans and boutiques. Examples include Donnybrook and Ballsbridge . Ballsbridge is Dublin's embassy district and is home to some of Ireland's most expensive roads including 'Shrewsbury Road', which is famous for being the 6th most expensive residential thoroughfare in the world and 'Ailesbury Road' which is equally as salubrious and home to a bulk of the capital's embassies including Spain and Poland.
Ballsbridge is also home to The Royal Dublin Society (RDS) which promotes and develops agriculture, arts, industry and science in Ireland. It hosts many concerts and also showcases the annual Show Jumping Competition, a major entertainment event. You can approach Ballsbridge via 'Herbert park', a pleasant public green park and fashionable road, opposite Donnybrook Village and vice-versa.
Dalkey and Killiney which lie on the southern most tip of Dublin. They are upmarket neighbourhoods and home to such celebrities as Bono, Maeve Binchy and Enya among others. A walk up Vico Road to take in the view is a must-do. Killiney Hill is beautiful, offering panoramic views of the surrounding Dublin Mountains. These areas are best approached by the DART, which runs along the coast and has three main stops in the city centre.
Blackrock or Dun Laoghaire, accessible by bus or DART, are also worth a visit.
Ranelagh and Dartry are also worth visiting- Ranelagh is small but affluent and has several critically acclaimed eateries.
Sandymount, a coastal suburb no more than 2 mi (3 km) south of the City Centre, is another quite affluent area with a tiny park and some restaurants. It is the birthplace of W.B. Yeats. The suburb and its strand appear prominently in James Joyce's Ulysses.There is a wonderful walk from Sandymount across the north end of its beach to the South Bull Wall which reaches a finger well out into the Bay .
Go north of The Liffey also. Clontarf, Malahide, Skerries and Howth are all great places to spend an afternoon. Malahide has a beautiful Castle (including extra doors for the ghost) in a Park and is a nice little village with harbour, beach, estuary and lots of restaurants. You can also take a 20-30 minute walk along the coast up to Portmarnock beach .
Howth is home to a handful of Irish celebrities including Gay Byrne and Dolores O'Riordan. Walking the cliff walk or climbing the Ben of Howth, a 561 ft (171 m) high hill on Howth Head, on a fine day is well worth your time.
Dublin City's best beach is also to the north. Dollymount Strand and the adjoining bird sanctuary are highly recommended. It's a great bike ride - there's an excellent bike path along by the sea.
Things to Do in Dublin :
Viking Splash Tours : Tours of the city and river in World War II amphibious craft - a bit different from regular tour bus.
Guinness Storehouse St James's Gate, Dublin : Retells the story of Dublin's most famous drink. The exhibition is interesting and is self-guided. Price of entry includes a pint at the seventh floor Gravity Bar, which has good views over Dublin and forms the head of the giant pint of Guinness formed by the atrium. If the taste is a bit too bitter for you, ask for blackcurrant in your pint - but beware, this will upset the purists! Outside tourists will encounter horse drawn carriages for hire.
Old Jameson Distillery Bow Street Distillery, Smithfield, Dublin : Factory tour and whiskey tasting. After the video, make sure you raise your hand because they pick four people to volunteer for taste testing later in the tour! A great experience .
Gaiety Theatre South King Street, Dublin : The oldest continually operating theatre in Dublin hosts popular musical shows, opera, ballet, dance and drama.
Dublin Sightseeing : Hop on and off the open top bus tour around the city. Stops at all of the major tourist spots, and you can hop off and on as often as you like. The bus drivers are very funny too - a great way to get a feel for the layout of Dublin, and reasonably priced .
Dublin Ghostbus : A special theme tour provided by Dublin Bus. This tour takes you around Dublin's haunted sites on a gothic style-decorated theatre bus guided by live storytellers. Dublin Bus claims this tour is the only one of its kind in the world. In any case, a must for lovers of gothic tales, but not for the timid.
Historical Walking Tour of Dublin : Meet at the west gate to Trinity College, College Street, Dublin 2. The tours are led by knowledgeable graduate students from the College who tell the story of Ireland's history during a ramble through the south side of the Liffey.
Johnnie Fox's Hooley nights : Famed as the highest pub in Ireland, 50 minutes from the city center by bus. The 200 year old pub offers its famous Irish music and dance, served with a 4-course meal.
Catch a hurling or Gaelic football : game at the Croke Park Stadium, Jones Road, Dublin 3, the 82,500 seat, state-of-the-art stadium, Croke Park. These sports are uniquely Irish. Hurling is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest field sport, with the ball (called a sliotar) reaching speeds above 130 kph. Gaelic football can best be described as a combination of soccer and rugby.
Catch a Leinster Rugby : game at the RDS Arena, located on Anglesea Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Occasional home games are played at Aviva Stadium, the replacement for Lansdowne Road that opened in May 2010.
South Docks tour Pidgeon House Road, Dublin : You can get a magnificient view and completely non touristic feeling on one of the beaches of Dublin on the southern docks.
Dublin Flights & Airports : Dublin Airport is approximately 10 km (6 mi) north of the city centre , Ireland's flag carrier airline, Aer Lingus, flies to Dublin from a large number of European cities and from the USA. Europe's largest low fares airline, Ryanair has one of its main bases in Dublin from which it flies to a large number of European airports including Paris, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Madrid and Frankfurt as well as smaller regional airports such as Nantes or Kaunas.